Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Ray Daytona and Googoobombos - Caballerodotdotdot
artworkThere is substantial distance between surf and Ray Daytona and Googoobombos these days. "Hard Bodies" is the nearest thing to surf per se. Abut half the album is instrumental.
Picks: Dopamine, Senile Chemist, Santa Muerte, Mojito Lounge, Hard Bodies

Track by Track Review


Dopamine dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Angular and tortured by pick slide mayhem, "Dopamine" is anything but relaxing. Intense, relentless, and psychotic. Not an easy listen or melodic, but quite powerful.

Hot Dog dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

dark and garagy, with layered guitars and edgy tone. "Hot Dog" is way more rock than surf. Heavy, but light on the cream.

Exploding Plastic Inevitable dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

In a title nod to The Velvet Underground, "Exploding Plastic Inevitable" pounds and aggressively creates uneasy images. Tom tom thunder, angular dissonance, and intense edge.

Senile Chemist dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

"Senile Chemist" is harrowing, with Theremin, dark chords, and spatial garage density. Some deluxe guitar torture adds interest, and a strange break creates uncertainty.

Psilocybe dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Drone and pummel, no rest for the innocent, and no calm in the night. "Psilocybe" is heavy and uncomfortable.

Santa Muerte dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Gritty and uneasy, "Santa Muerte" threatens and imposes. Tom toms action, relentless danger, and compressed fuzz. If dirty fuzz is your thing, it lives here.

Mojito Lounge dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Whammy chords and island imagery, with an interesting lead line and some heavy tone between. "Mojito Lounge" is a solid surf instro that's well suited for the long ride on a summer day. Great glissandos.

Hard Bodies dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

In some ways, "Hard Bodies" is more surf-like, with dark double picked mayhem and glissando terror. Heavy surf and into-the-rocks danger. These are not waves for the weak.